Stephanie Syjuco, Reap What You Sew: Banner Making Workshop, 2017, participatory action performed on January 8, 2017 at Royal Nonesuch Gallery. Photo by Ken Lo
Stephanie Syjuco, Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime), 2016, wooden platform, neutral grey seamless backdrop paper, digital adhesive prints on laser-cut wooden props, dye- sublimation digital prints on fabric, items purchased on eBay and craigslist, photographic prints, artificial and live plants, and neutral calibrated gray paint, Collection of the artist and Nion McEvoy. © Stephanie Syjuco. Image courtesy the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco
Stephanie Syjuco, Cargo Cults: Head Bundle, 2016, archival pigment print, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Museum purchase. © Stephanie Syjuco. Image courtesy the artist and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Stephanie Syjuco, The Visible Invisible: Colonial Revolution (McCall’s), 2018, cotton muslin chromakey backdrop fabric, polyester satin, crocheted cotton, ribbon, lace, buttons and display form, Collection of the artist. Photo by Jin Zhu. © Stephanie Syjuco. Image courtesy the artist
Stephanie Syjuco (born 1974, Manila, Philippines), an artist and professor based in Oakland, California, formulates large-scale installations that address contemporary social and economic issues, including political dissent and the legacy of colonialism. In 2007, she launched The Counterfeit Crochet Project (Critique of a Political Economy), in which she solicited public participation in fabricating hand-crocheted versions of high-end handbags. Since then, Syjuco has developed an array of projects that wittily critique the global consumer economy. In her 2017 exhibition CITIZENS, Syjuco examined notions of citizenship, protest, and belonging within marginalized communities amid today’s political climate.
Syjuco received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995 and an MFA from Stanford University in 2005. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, among others. Syjuco has held residencies in the United States and Europe, exhibited nationally and internationally, and is represented by both the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco and the RYAN LEE Gallery in New York. In 2018, her work will appear in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. A passionate educator, Syjuco teaches sculpture, photography, and experimental media at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is working to combine methods of craft with technology and social practice.